The certified guides at Equutrails lead horseback rides that last up to six leisurely hours through some of the most scenic local wilderness areas. Atop friendly and well-behaved horses, riders of all experience levels (or none whatsoever) get comfortable in Western-style traveling saddles, directing their horses through beautiful woods, coastal mountains, and rugged trails. The guides sport plenty of experience riding the local paths and itineraries often wind through beautiful spots like Golden Ears, Buntzen Lake, the Pitt River dykes, or Maple Ridge. As the only horseback-riding outfit currently permitted to operate in these areas, journeys with Equutrails remain peaceful and focused on the experience.
Many little girls beg their fathers for ponies, but only a few fathers succumb to those puppy-eyed petitions. Pam Piddocke was lucky enough to had one of those dads. After getting her first pony at age 5, her riding skills developed quickly—so fast, in fact, that she began earning money teaching lessons as a teenager and was able to put herself through nursing school. Though she spent several years as a registered nurse, her lifelong passion for horses remained, convincing her to start teaching riding lessons again and to open Evergreen Stables.
Since starting her business in 1999, Pam has become an Equine Canada–certified coach whose 25-plus years of teaching riding helps youngsters learn everything from riding techniques to equine anatomy. During lessons, students ride atop one of Evergreen Stables' 10 trained horses and ponies, most of which were born on the property and bred for the show ring. Bordered by a 3/4-mile fenced riding trail, the property's 20 acres also house 18 temperature-controlled stalls, an old-style Western barn, and a large outdoor arena.